Mumbai, November 10: Town planning authority- Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Thursday approved the bids for the much delayed 17,843 crore worth Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project. The executive committee headed by chairman Sumit Mallick on Thursday approved the appointment of three contractors- L&T and IHI, and Tata Projects (TPL) to construct the MTHL in three packages.  The MTHL is a landmark mega infrastructure project in heavy civil engineering as it entails bridge construction of approximately 18 kms in the sea and approximately 4 kms on land.

 The consortium of L&T-IHI has been appointed to construct package-1, (Sewri side of the sea bridge), Daweoo-TPL (JV) has earned a nod to construct package-2, (Navi Mumbai side of the sea bridge) and L&T has received a go-ahead to construct package-3, the bridge portion on land towards Chirle. Mallick also appointed Systra MVA Consulting India as detail design consultant for the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Mulund-Thane-Kasarvadavali metro-4 corridor.

The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is believed to provide good connectivity with the new airport at Panvel and will reduce the traffic load towards Pune and Goa.  Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan believes that it will also make available vast parcels of underdeveloped land in Navi Mumbai creating a positive impact on the development of the city. The Metropolitan Commissioner further said the Wadala-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor will not only provide quick and safe mode of transport to the people from sister cities Mumbai and Thane, it will also reduce vehicle trips on the route.

In July, MMRDA had received 17 bids for the construction of the much-delayed 22-km long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project.  MMRDA has received 17 bids from contractors from out of the 29 that were shortlisted for the three packages of the project, it said in a statement. As per reports, the Authority had received bids from consortia of leading domestic and international players including AFCONS-FLUOR-SPCPL, Daweoo-TATA, HCC-SKECL, IL&FS TNL-SPSCPL ITD-SIMPLEX-ITDPCL-SMCCL L&T-IHI for first two packages.